Johnny PayCheck (May 31, 1938 in Greenfield, Ohio, United States – February 19, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee) was a country music singer.
Born Donald Eugene Lytle, he began playing guitar by age 6 and made his first record at age 15. After a time served in the United States Navy, he took a job with country music star, George Jones for whom he played bass and steel guitar for several years. He co-wrote Jones' hit song, "Once You've Had the Best."
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, PayCheck is best remembered for his 1977 hit song, "Take This Job And Shove It" (Which was originally written by David Allan Coe which sold over 2 million copies and inspired a motion picture of the same name. In his career, Paycheck recorded eleven songs that made it into country music's top ten chart plus he co-wrote several successful songs for other country singers including "Apartment #9," a hit for Tammy Wynette.
His life was often filled with turmoil and in 1985, PayCheck was convicted of shooting a man in Hillsboro, Ohio and spent two years in prison. His tax problems with the IRS led to his filing for bankruptcy in 1990.
PayCheck suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and after a lengthy illness, passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.